Start with these spots for fun indoors and out
Whether you want to get outside and enjoy fresh air and scenic views of rolling hills or check into first-class recreation centers for a quick workout, it’s so easy to get enjoyable exercise here. Here’s a roundup of ways to start:
1. Take to the Trails
Williamson County has more than 25 greenway trails available to residents. Brentwood has nine trails, including two at Crockett Park and a 1.2-mile loop at the Brentwood Library, while eight greenways in Franklin include popular trails at Pinkerton Park and Jim Warren Park. In Spring Hill, public pathways are at Jerry Erwin Park, Port Royal Park and Harvey Park, while residents of Thompson’s Station can hike along a challenging Alexander Trail.
2. Explore Historic Sites
Many historic parks in Williamson County are open to the public, including Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, Fort Granger and Winstead Hill in Franklin. Brentwood features landmark sites like Cool Springs House and Marcella Vivrette Smith Park, and Fairview has a Historical Village with three buildings of local historical importance, including Triangle School. Spring Hill is home to Spring Hill Battlefield, highlighted by a long hill that provides a good workout when visitors climb it.
3. Get to a Gym or Rec Center
Swim some laps, play basketball, take a yoga class or participate in many other activities at recreation centers throughout Williamson County. They include Fairview Recreation Complex, Franklin Recreation Complex, Indoor Sports Complex in Brentwood, Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill and the Williamson County Recreation Complex at Nolensville. There are also satellite facilities such as Hillsboro/Leiper’s Fork Community Center, College Grove Community Center and Bethesda Recreation Center. Also in Williamson County are a Brentwood Family YMCA, Maryland Farms YMCA and Franklin Family YMCA.
4. Check Out County Parks
Williamson County Parks & Recreation oversees more than 20 open spaces and recreational facilities, including College Grove Ball Park, Fairview Ball Park, Gregory Park Soccer Field, Indoor Arena at Crockett Park and Old Nolensville Park. Also under the direction of the department is a 27-field Williamson County Soccer Complex in Franklin, and a Triune Community Center & Riding Ring just off Interstate 840.
5. Pick a City Park
If you can’t find a city park in Williamson County, you aren’t looking hard enough. Brentwood itself has 14 city parks, with three of the most popular being Crockett, Granny White and Concord parks. Franklin has 18, highlighted by Pinkerton, Jim Warren and Timberland parks along with a Maggie’s Bark Park behind Franklin High School. Fairview houses the beautiful Bowie Nature Park, Nolensville has Nolensville Park, Thompson’s Station has Sarah Benson Park, and Spring Hill features destinations like Harvey, Port Royal, Evans and McLemore parks.